dany is a DC native, parent, and Co-ED of Power Shift Network. she is working for climate justice, liberation and healing for Black folks & all people.

Framing climate change as a national defense issue might be the biggest mistake of our lifetime.

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Aligning climate change with a national security approach stands in direct opposition to a climate justice framework. A national security framework to address the climate crisis, fueled by defense contractors who are financially aligned with fossil fuel interests, threatens all people across the planet, but most acutely in regions that are already intensely impacted by militarism on top of the ravages of food and water insecurity, and forced displacement due to natural disasters. By setting the Pentagon and US military up to be a key player in “saving the world” from the climate crisis (which it played a huge role in aggravating), the political system is calling for us to recommit to a financial system that continues to fail the vast majority of people on the planet, to the benefit of a small few who take no issue with extracting wealth from an already failing economy where people are suffering without access to resources and the planet may, one day not too distant, no longer be able to sustain human life. …


To win on climate, we need to reinvent the power structures that haven’t functionally changed since slavery.

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We live in a world where government agents can kill hundreds of people a year, without the whole system being held accountable. When the crisis presents the opportunity for billionaires to extract even more wealth from people and the planet, how can we expect that same government to be accountable to climate change?

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To win on climate, we need to reinvent the power structures that haven’t functionally changed since slavery. To win on climate, we need to pry our economic systems away from the legacies of colonialism, slavery, genocide, and violence on which our country is founded and push it towards liberation, freedom, autonomy, and justice. …

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